Tag Archives: TV

Rewriting history: Russia’s invention of an alternative Chernobyl story

It was a real pleasure to see the TV drama Chernobyl pick up a number of BAFTA 2020 TV awards last Friday, including one for Jared Harris, one of the lead actors in the series. The drama was arguably one … Continue reading

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History for the Gullible: another dose of conspiracy theory from David Icke

The arch-conspiracy theorist David Icke was given nearly two hours of airtime in an ‘interview’ on the cable TV channel ‘London Live’ on Wednesday evening (8th April, 2020) to air his madcap views. All his usual nonsense was on full … Continue reading

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History as Hoax: Why the TV series ‘Hunting Hitler’ is fiction not fact

The ‘Quest’ cable TV channel in the UK is currently repeating  the conspiracy series ‘Hunting Hitler’ i.e. the version originally made for the American market. Here is my verdict on the series from 2018, when a UK-narrated version was first … Continue reading

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In Praise of Python: the impact of a comedy classic on the 1970s

And now for something completely different. I am a major fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus – I always have been, and always will be. In fact, I tend to lose any objectivity as a historian when it comes to … Continue reading

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Rewriting history: Russia invents an alternative Chernobyl story

In 1986 public opinion around the world was shocked when the full extent of the nuclear disaster that had occurred from an explosion at Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine slowly became clear. Approximately 350,000 … Continue reading

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The Goebbels Quandary: German government in dilemma over bungalow used by Nazi propagandist

Retain or demolish? A luxury bungalow used by the notorious Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has raised difficult ethical questions about the ways in which buildings associated with dictatorship and intolerance in the past should be treated in the present. … Continue reading

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History as Hoax: Why the TV series ‘Hunting Hitler’ is fiction not fact

I have become alarmed at how many people appear to be taking the TV series Hunting Hitler seriously. The show, which started production in 2015 and has been aired on the History Channel, has now seen three seasons, the second … Continue reading

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Historian sets up TV company to counter misleading portrayals of great women

British historian Bettany Hughes, who is well-known for her writings about the ancient past and for her television documentary appearances, has helped set up a TV company in order to counter what she has called the ‘misleading’ portrayals of great … Continue reading

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Best of Enemies: Some reflections on a new documentary

I met the author and polemicist Gore Vidal only once. It was at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, in 1998. I was in the audience at an event promoting Vidal’s latest novel, from which he was scheduled to read aloud. Fatigued … Continue reading

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Nightingale Nobbles Horrible Histories

On Wednesday The Telegraph (and others) ran a news item entitled: ‘CBBC sketch ‘inaccurately’ painted Florence Nightingale as racist, BBC Trust finds’. As an historian of nursing, it caught my attention. It turned out that a complaint had been lodged … Continue reading

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